Smurfit Kappa’s planned expansion and modernisation of its paper sacks business in the Latin American market continues at pace. Smurfit Kappa is investing USD $40 million in response to growing market trends and the increasing need for environmentally sustainable paper sacks. In Colombia, a new Windmoller & Holscher paper sacks machine at its plant in Palmira is now fully operational. This, representing a USD $9.5 million investment, which was announced in February 2020, has increased the plant’s production capacity by an additional 100 million multi-ply paper sacks per year, as well as improving the print quality and performance of the sacks. This new line complements the investment made by the Company in 2018, when it expanded its paper sacks plant in the Dominican Republic with an investment of USD $10 million. Improved capability will continue in the second quarter of 2021 with an investment of USD $1 million for the modernisation of Smurfit Kappa´s paper sacks plant in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Fourth Quarter Results Include (all results compared to the fourth quarter 2020 unless otherwise noted)(1):
*Net income of $104.5 million or $1.74 per diluted Class A share compared to net income of $44.4 million or $0.74 per diluted Class A share. Net income, excluding the impact of adjustments(2), of $115.4 million or $1.93 per diluted Class A share compared to net income, excluding the impact of adjustments, of $46.4 million or $0.78 per diluted Class A share. Adjusted EBITDA(3) increased by $56.8 million to $211.3 million.
*Net cash provided by operating activities decreased by $63.1 million to $137.3 million. Adjusted free cash flow(4) decreased by $79.1 million to $94.8 million primarily as a result of inflationary raw material costs.
*Total debt decreased by $261.4 million to $2,225.6 million. Net debt(5) decreased by $280.1 million to $2,101.0 million and decreased by $66.8 million sequentially from the third quarter of 2021. The Company’s leverage ratio(6) decreased to 2.49x compared to 3.66x, within our targeted leverage ratio range of 2.0x – 2.5x.
Fiscal Year Results Include (all results compared to the fiscal year 2020 unless otherwise noted):
*Net income of $390.7 million or $6.54 per diluted Class A share compared to net income of $108.8 million or $1.83 per diluted Class A share. Net income, excluding the impact of adjustments, of $334.5 million or $5.60 per diluted Class A share compared to net income, excluding the impact of adjustments, of $190.9 million or $3.22 per diluted Class A share. Adjusted EBITDA increased by $121.6 million to $764.2 million.
*Net cash provided by operating activities decreased by $58.7 million to $396.0 million. Adjusted free cash flow decreased by $72.1 million to $274.1 million.
*The Company paid $105.8 million in cash dividends to stockholders in fiscal 2021.
Pete Watson, Greif’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented: “The global Greif team delivered exceptional results in fiscal 2021 and overcame significant external challenges to deliver record net sales and profits for the full fiscal year,” said Pete Watson, Greif’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “In addition, we advanced our financial priorities, increasing our dividend and reaching our targeted leverage ratio range, while making notable progress on our ESG journey. Looking ahead, we remain well-positioned to provide differentiated packaging solutions that generate value for our customers and shareholders.”
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